Monday, April 27, 2015

All Things Natural

Local artists Lynda Raven Brake and Mary Anne Harkness will be showing “All Things Natural” at a reception May 1, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Second Story Gallery. 

The reception is part of the downtown Camas First Friday activities.  In addition to introducing the artists and their work, the May 1 reception will feature music by Todd Walker and Jean Bucher, known as the Tics.

Both Lynda and Mary Anne lived in the American Southwest before moving to Clark County, and both have been celebrating nature through their painting for years. They have more in common, too--the ability to use deep colors and textures to convey feelings and a sense of place.

Cup of Gold - Lynda Raven Brake

Lynda specializes in watercolors that feature birds, animals, and flowers, as well as images from her extensive travels and portraits of Native Americans and their culture.  She earned a bachelor of fine arts and masters degrees while residing in the Southwest where she became a signature member of the New Mexico Watercolor Society.  Lynda is now an active member of the Oregon Society of Artists, the Southwest Washington Watercolor Society, the Northwest Watercolor Society, and the Washington Artists Trust.

Mary Anne says she became interested in art as a child growing up in Southern California, fascinated with the ocean, waves, and tidal pools. She studied art at Arizona State University and American University, earning a bachelor of fine arts degree.  Mary Anne describes her art as reflecting natural lines, textures, color and forms, sometimes in a realistic and sometimes in an impressionistic mood.  In all her work, she challenges herself to “capture nature in an instant of time.”

Iris in Gold - Mary Anne Harkness
She has lately expanded her tools to include acrylics, pours, monotypes, and textual materials to take her work in more spontaneous directions.

Mary Anne is currently an instructor with Clark College Continuing Education, teaching Basic Techniques in Watercolor.  Her art may be seen in various shows through the Southwest Washington Watercolor Society and Northwest Washington Watercolor Society.


May 1
5-8 p.m.

Music by the Tics -

Todd Walker & Jean Bucher